Another lucky win, in a game that should have been a blowout. Why does it feel like the Warriors are stealing games when they win at home? Because they are stealing them. Stripped of the strictures of their coach by the desperation of the situation, Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry are stealing wins for the Warriors in crunch time.
And they just may be saving the skin of their coach every time they do it.
Once again the Warriors were dismembered by a veteran team currently playing great basketball. No need to freak when they lose to a team like the Hornets, who are currently on a 10-0 run.
But there were a couple things to be disturbed about. Beginning with Biedrins, of course. This loss began with him. It is clear that he will never again be the player he was, whether it’s because of chronic injury problems, as I suspect, or something mental. Whichever it is, the Warriors again found themselves playing 4 on 5 for most of the game. Continue reading
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Tagged Andris Biedrins, Chris Paul, David Lee, Ekpe Udoh, Golden State Warriors, Keith Smart, Monta Ellis, Recap, Stephen Curry
…Uh huh, Uh huh, I like it. — KC & The Sunshine Band
This was the best win of the Warriors’ season. I say that first of all because it came against a very tough team, the Los Angeles Clippers. Don’t scoff. This isn’t your Daddy’s Clippers team. This is the Clippers team of Blake Griffin, who only needs continued health to erase all memory of Karl Malone. (Yes, I said that.) This is a Clippers team with Eric Gordon, who is rapidly becoming a bonafide star. And with Baron Davis. A healthier, slimmed down, motivated, gleam-in-his-eye Baron Davis, who has finally been freed from the half-court swamp of The Kamanosaurus by the emergence of DeAndre Jordan at center. Continue reading
It is more than a little sad to say that I’m somewhat pleased by this ultra-competitive Warriors’ loss to the Lakers. But that’s where we Warriors fans find ourselves in relation to our insufferable LaLa land counterparts these days. The Lakers are the defending two-time champs. They have a bankroll that dwarfs ours. One of the best big men in NBA history fell into their lap, even if they don’t completely know what to do with him.
And of course, they have a GM who knows how to build a winning bench. The Warriors have a GM — Joe Lacob — who gave us Lou Amundson and Jeremy Lin. Two players not good enough to even dip a toe into this game against the big boys. Continue reading
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Tagged Andris Biedrins, David Lee, Dorell Wright, Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Keith Smart, Kobe Bryant, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Vladimir Radmanovich
A lot of things annoyed me about how Keith Smart went about business in this Warriors loss to the Hawks. And I’m annoyed in general at how he goes about business against the “better” teams of the league. I do not accept the notion that this was a game the Warriors couldn’t win.
“We know our best offense is before the defense gets set. You can’t teach speed, you can’t get back on speed.” — Lebron James, two nights ago, after beating the Jazz in Utah.
“We didn’t want to play half-court offense against a defense that good.” — Andre Miller, last night, on pushing the tempo to beat the Magic.
“The Warriors have to stay away from half-court offense. They need to learn how to run.” — Jim Barnett, tonight, pre-game show.
Keith Smart apparently doesn’t agree with Lebron and Miller and Barnett. Keith Smart apparently believes that the Warriors, quite possibly the fastest team end-to-end in the league, should walk the ball up the court on every possession. Continue reading
5 straight losses? Are you getting the feeling that the Warriors would never win another game all season if David Lee remained out? I’m going to do my best not to repeat what I’ve been posting recently about Coach Keith Smart, but it’s not going to be easy. The simple truth is that with Lee out, Keith Smart is getting exposed. He is getting out-coached something fierce. He is giving every impression of a man so out of his depth that he is trying to out-smart himself.
Instead of risking stupefaction among my readers by letting myself go into another full-lunged squawl, how about I just lightly run down my bullet points? Like a funeral dirge for one finger….
Just as the story of the Denver game could be read from the three point line, the story of this Warriors loss in Houston can be read from the free-throw line. The Rockets received an amazing 51 attempts at the charity stripe, to the Warriors 18.
Whom do you blame for this incredible disparity? If you say the refs, you will get no agreement from feltbot. I have a different theory.
I’ve got news for Warriors fans. This Warriors team is better than the Utah Jazz, and will remain better than the Utah Jazz for the forseeable future. The Warriors played just about as bad an offensive game as they possibly could, and yet dominated this game in every way except on the scoreboard. 52 rebounds to 46. 21 offensive rebounds to 10. The last time it was mentioned, late in the fourth quarter, the Warriors had 24 second chance points to Utah’s 8. But the biggest disparity of all was this: 93 shots to 76 shots. The only reason Utah even stayed in this game was that the Warriors couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean. They finished the game shooting 38%.
A game like this doesn’t deserve a full recap. I’ll keep my remarks to a pointed minimum:
One game after heaping praise on Keith Smart, I’m going to take some back. First the disclaimer: There is not a team in the league that should be able to beat these Lakers except the Miami Heat. Once they picked up Matt Barnes and Steve Blake, their last remaining weaknesses disappeared. It is unfair how great they are. The Warriors as presently constituted should NEVER beat them.
That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try to beat them. Continue reading